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City Beat T he City of Morgan Hill, as an organization, lives by five core values expressed in the following values statement. “The City of Morgan Hill is an organization that provides outstanding Customer Service, excels at meeting Challenges, encourages Innovation, provides opportunities for Professional Growth, and recognizes the Teamwork of employees.” Recently, the City engaged all teammates in the organization to expand upon the organization’s core values and what the values mean to them. This conversation, over the course of five weeks, resulted in five colorful and inviting word clouds that offer a more detailed explanation of the values that drive everything the City does. These core values are also used each year as the basis of “peak performance” awards which are announced at the end of each year at the annual City of Morgan Hill Employee Recognition Celebration. Through recommendations by their peers, employees best demonstrating the Core Values are honored for their contributions and the difference they have made for the community and the organization over the year. The 2016 Customer Service award winner is Detective Mindy Zen because she has dedicated her efforts to helping others in time of great need. This year her exceptional work, passion, caring nature and services were recognized on a much larger scale when the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office created an annual award named after her. The new award will be given to a person who best exemplifies Mindy’s tireless determination and compassion in working with survivors of domestic violence. Two teammates were awarded the Challenge award for 2016. John Baty, Interim Planning Manager and Steve Golden, Associate Planner both were actively engaged in two significant efforts that will positively impact the Morgan Hill Community and the City organization for years to come. Because of their leader- ship, Morgan Hill 2035 General Plan was adopted by the Morgan Hill City Council, the City’s long standing growth management system was overwhelmingly passed by Morgan Hill voters, and the much needed TrackIt software was implemented and is now being used to more effectively manage permit and project review. Nicole Yates, Police Records Specialist, is the 2016 Innovation award winner. Nichole worked with the courts, dispatcher teammates and others to develop a paperless warrant system. This process now allows for warrants to be pro- cessed, confirmed and sent to arresting agencies electronically. All of this was done with her motivation and drive to do things differently and better! Daniel Cardwell, Building Inspector II, saw an opportunity within the organiza- tion and invested his time to obtain the necessary training. This included formal classwork and working alongside other teammates to prepare for new job responsibilites. He now has four Fire Inspector certifications. He is continuing to further his training with an advanced Fire Plan Review Class, advanced Plan Review and Fire Sprinkler Design class. Teamwork: Nowhere in Nichole Martin’s (Community Services Coordinator) or Charlie Ha’s (Associate Engineer) job descriptions are they responsible for the services they are providing each week to their teammates. They both have dedicated their personal time to serve their fellow teammates by helping them to improve their health and wellness by providing lunch time classes in karate and circuit training. 18 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 gmhtoday.com